LUNG HEALTH AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

Brendan O’Hara MP asks the people of Argyll and Bute
“Are you feeling breathless?”
BOH lung health awarenessMP for Argyll and Bute, Brendan O’Hara, is supporting the British Lung Foundation’s upcoming lung health awareness campaign, taking part in an online ‘breath test’ in the Houses of Parliament on 04 July, and encouraging others to do the same.

During a week-long exhibition at Westminster, the charity will showcase their upcoming Listen to your lungs campaign, due to start in Mid-July. The UK-wide campaign will aim to raise awareness that feeling out of breath doing everyday tasks could be a sign of lung disease.
The exhibition gives MP’s, Peers and visitors to parliament a chance find out more about lung disease in the UK and to test their lung health using an online ‘breath test’, displayed on an interactive display donated by technology company MultiTaction.
The test allows people to check their lung health through a 10 simple questions, based around the Medical Research Council breathlessness scale. The aim is to reassure people who don’t have a problem and guide those with significant breathlessness to make an appointment with their GP.
Brendan said: “Completing the BLF’s online ‘breath test’ is a really easy way of checking your lung health. I’d encourage everyone to try it. It’ll either give you peace of mind or start you on a path to helping you manage your breathlessness.”
“If you’re even slightly worried a loved one has been feeling increasingly short of breath – please, make sure they take the test.”

Irene Johnstone
Irene Johnstone, Head of the British Lung Foundation in Scotland said:
“This parliamentary exhibition gives us a chance to heighten awareness amongst Scottish MP’s about the respiratory health challenges affecting many of their constituents in Scotland. BLF Scotland is pushing for change and has asked for a National Lung Improvement Plan for Scotland to halt the increase of lung
disease and to see a long-term, sustainable improvement in Scotland’s lung health.
“There are nearly 900,000 people in Scotland living with lung disease; the most prevalent conditions are COPD and Lung Cancer. This is a key health issue for the nation impacting on health services and life

The British Lung Foundation wants at least 100,000 people to take the test and share it with their friends and family. To take the test visit: www.blf.org.uk/breathtest

Home site address https://www.blf.org.uk/what-we-do/scotland
For more information, please contact; press@blf.org.uk,
Tel. 0207 688 5580.

• Parliamentary Exhibition
Beginning on 4 July with an invitation launch event, the British Lung Foundation’s Parliamentary Exhibition will continue throughout the week until Friday 8 July. The display will enable people to interact
with the data, take a breath test and write notes of support. During the week-long event, MP’s, Peers and policy people will be invited to come and find out about respiratory health and the importance of
protection the lungs of nation.
• Funders: AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline and Teva UK Ltd are the sponsors of the British Lung Foundation Listen to your lungs campaign. These companies contributed financially to the campaign work, but have had no influence over the content
• About the British Lung Foundation
The British Lung Foundation is the only UK charity fighting to help the 1 in 5 people in the UK affected by lung disease, by researching new treatments, campaigning for better awareness and services, and providing support and advice for patients, carers and family members. For further information, please
visit www.blf.org.uk. For help and support, call the BLF Helpline on 03000 030 555.
To donate £5 to help the BLF fight lung disease, please text LUNGS to 70500. Follow us on Twitter at
http://twitter.com/lunguk or join us on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/britishlungfoundation
• MultiTaction
A Finnish company that make the most responsive interactive video walls ever experienced. – See more
at: https://www.multitaction.com/about#sthash.70zAgyUl.dpuf

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